Laughton to captain Canada's world junior team

Laughton to captain Canada's world junior team
December 19, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Scott Laughton played in five games with the Flyers in 2013. (USA Today Images)

Scott Laughton, the 20th-overall pick by the Flyers in the 2012 NHL draft, has been named captain of Canada's world junior hockey team.

The 19-year-old center will be competing in his first world junior championship, but has represented his country internationally three times before at the under-17 and under-18 levels. The tournament runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.

He found out this morning, when coach Brent Sutter pulled him aside before practice to break the news.

"I am very honored to be able to represent my country," Laughton said, "and to be able to have the 'C' on my chest."

Laughton played in five games with the Flyers during the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season, but did not make the team out of training camp this fall. He's in his fourth year with the Oshawa Generals, where he also serves as alternate captain. In 29 games, he has 24 goals and 26 assists.

In naming him Canada's captain, Sutter told reporters he compared Laughton to former Flyer Mike Richards, who also served as captain of Team Canada at the 2005 world juniors. That's just fine with Laughton, who named Richards as a favorite and an on-ice role model when he was drafted.

Before you start asking: No, the Flyers cannot recall Laughton from the Generals. Per NHL rules, Canadian junior league players cannot be called up until their seasons end, unless it's deemed an emergency. And no, goal-scoring struggles like the Flyers have had this year don't count as an emergency.

Forward Jonathan Drouin of the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads and defenseman Mathew Dumba of the Minnesota Wild will serve as Team Canada's alternate captains.